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Buddy and Marilyn Mattei

Buddy Mattei has been a "working musician" in the Dallas area since arriving here to attend the University of North Texas in 1969. His experience includes not only public school and private teaching, but also composing arranging, and jazz and "legit" performance.

Buddy is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he played and later taught in the famed jazz Lab Band program, directed by Leon Breeden.  He also played in the UNT Symphonic Band under the direction of Maurice McAdow.  He was a saxophone student in the studios of John Giradono and Dennis Guillome, studied arranging with Lew Gillis, and improvisation with Rich Matteson.

At Princeton High School, where he taught for 16 years, his bands and ensembles were consistently awarded 1st division ratings.  During his tenure, the Princeton bands were seen numerous times at the Texas State Marching Contest, in the top 5 in the Texas State Honor Band rankings and received many 1st place trophies in national festivals and contests.

His writing and arranging credits include colleges, high schools of all sizes, junior highs, and churches.  His published arrangements and compositions include marching, concert band, and jazz ensemble.  His Kjos publication "Exordium" was on the Texas UIL AAA contest list for 8 years.  He also wrote several arrangements for Charles Forque and the Plano Senior High School's annual concerts with "Doc" Severinsen. 

Buddy left public school teaching in 1999 to become Director of Music Ministries, Stonebridge United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, and recently retired from that position after 16 years of service. 

Marilyn and Buddy live in McKinney and enjoy being Mimi and Grandaddy to 3 year old Emily.

                    Check out Marilyn's Book! It's a hit!

                                For Clarinets Only
                                A Method for Successful
                              Beginning Class Instruction

After retiring from a 30 year career as a band director & administrator, Marilyn Mattei taught private woodwind lessons in McKinney, Texas for an additional 14 years.  She was previously director of bands in both the Princeton & Plano school districts, having started the Princeton Band on its road to continued success. Her bands earned repeated sweepstakes awards in UIL competition, as well as earning national recognition in competitions and festivals throughout the country.   Her    Princeton High School Band was named TMEA State Honor Band Finalist 3 times. They also appeared in the State Marching Band finals several times in both AA & AAA classifications.

During her tenure as an administrator, Marilyn continued to work with the Princeton Bands on a volunteer basis and had the privilege of assisting the directors of Princeton's Clark Middle School when that band became the first ever Class C TMEA Honor Band.  Many of the teaching methods and attention to the instructional sequence of For Clarinets Only are the result of her years of experience as a middle school instructional leader.

While in Plano, she was both associate and head band director at Bowman Middle School, earning first divisions in both concert and sight-reading with the Symphonic and Concert bands. 

 Marilyn is available to conduct master classes & workshops for both students and directors. See clinics and workshops for a description of her clarinet clinics.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas & a Masters in Educational Administration from Texas A&M Commerce.  While at UNT she played in the Symphonic Band under the direction of Maurice McAdow and studied clarinet with Dr. Lee Gibson and Jess Youngblood.

Marilyn and Buddy live in McKinney and enjoy being Mimi and Grandaddy to 3 year old Emily.